A Mother’s Day I thought would never happen

Kathy Krugeradoption, contentment, IVF, motherhood24 Comments

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It was five years ago when the last leg of the long journey took us across the spectacular Columbia Icefield in Canada, through some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Appropriate that the final road we travelled was winding, because the protracted path to that point could hardly have had more twists and turns, dead ends, detours and … Read More

Kathy KrugerA Mother’s Day I thought would never happen

Blood tests and beating fear

Kathy Krugeradoption, change, fear, IVF31 Comments

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Are you sitting down? Good. So maybe you hate getting blood tests. Maybe you’re getting all squeamish just thinking about it. Perhaps the thought of a needle makes you faint. Sorry for reminding you. Perhaps you’d better skip to the bottom of the post. A casual conversation reminded me about blood tests. In fact two separate conversations in the space … Read More

Kathy KrugerBlood tests and beating fear

I’m an Adoptive Mum (not a Dance Mom)

Kathy Krugeradoption, gratitude, motherhood13 Comments

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So it’s National Adoption Awareness Week and I’m proud to say I’m an Adoptive Mum. Although you can drop the adoptive and I’ll happily just be a proud mum. Our children came to us through adoption and we feel forever grateful that we get to parent them – always aware of the loss of their biological parents in not being … Read More

Kathy KrugerI’m an Adoptive Mum (not a Dance Mom)

Missing out (and FOMO)

Kathy Krugeradoption, contentment, love, motherhood26 Comments

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Sometimes you smack hard up against what you’ve missed out on, and even though you thought you were ok with missing out, turns out you’re not really. I’m not talking about the childhood trauma of missing out on the netball team or not getting picked for the part of Dorothy and having to play the Wicked Witch of the East … Read More

Kathy KrugerMissing out (and FOMO)

A Mother’s Day gift – no guilt

Kathy Krugeradoption, guilt, motherhood, mummytime13 Comments

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As you wake up to breakfast in bed, handmade cards, craft and drawings, the precious gift of an “I love you Mum’ mug with hot chocolate and a marshmallow from the Mother’s Day stall not to mention an obligatory new pair of slippers, it’s hard not to feel grateful. And I am, and I will be on Sunday. But I’m … Read More

Kathy KrugerA Mother’s Day gift – no guilt

The secret to a 20 year marriage, more or less

Kathy Krugeradoption, balance, harmony, IVF, love30 Comments

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Shortly after I push publish on this post, I’ll be heading off to a quiet little cottage in the Northern NSW countryside for two glorious nights of R & R. And I should add, SEX. I should say WE too, because it isn’t much of a wedding anniversary without your partner and sex is hardly the same. Two year’s ago … Read More

Kathy KrugerThe secret to a 20 year marriage, more or less

Fortune cookie wisdom (what it really means to be smart)

Kathy Krugeradoption, love, motherhood30 Comments

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Do you believe in fortune cookie wisdom? Being into all things yin and yang, it’s not surprising that I do. Actually what I believe in is wisdom that runs much deeper than intelligence and learning, that it is full of insight and knowing and is earned through experience. So last Friday for Harmony Day, Mr Yang and I braved a … Read More

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Does meditation drive you mad?

Kathy Krugeradoption, meditation, yoga19 Comments

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Well sometimes it does for me, but mostly when I’m not actually doing meditation and feeling bad that I’m not actually doing meditation when I feel I should be. Then I’m mad (mostly at myself). Yep meditation – just another shoulda, woulda, coulda in life. It’s March, actually the 6th already as I post, and in typical not-getting-myself organized-enough style I … Read More

Kathy KrugerDoes meditation drive you mad?

What adoption has taught me about love

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, love, motherhood14 Comments

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It’s been 10 years tomorrow since we adopted our beautiful daughter, coming up to four years since we welcomed our precious son. Adoption has taught me exactly everything that becoming a mother has. When we become mothers we (are forced to) learn patience, although mine was sorely tested by years of infertility and the long adoption process, so I don’t … Read More

Kathy KrugerWhat adoption has taught me about love

On being trolled

Kathy Krugeradoption, perspective23 Comments

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I don’t know whether you call it trolling but the nasty vitriol sure feels like it. On Tuesday I sent in a piece to Mamamia (a big deal for me, as I’ve been scared of putting myself out there). It’s coming up to the 10th anniversary of adopting Miss Yin and I shared the letter to a birthmother that I … Read More

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Let’s talk about infertility and pregnancy loss

Kathy Krugeradoption, IVF, motherhood, perspective46 Comments

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We’re talking about it, at least a lot more than we used to. When I was struggling with infertility (I’m still infertile, but it’s a moot point these days), I felt so isolated. I isolated myself. Of course I knew I wasn’t alone – I’d meet plenty of women at the fertility clinic, faces that I’d barely scan and could … Read More

Kathy KrugerLet’s talk about infertility and pregnancy loss

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, gratitude, perspective20 Comments

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Sh#t happens, sometimes piles of poo. And sometimes the only way to get through (as opposed to step on) all the sh*t is to laugh about it. I wrote about the drama (and comedy) that seems to want to accompany us whenever we travel in this post, but there’s one comedy of errors that takes the proverbial cake and needs … Read More

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